CNNGo TV in Rome: beyond the Colosseum
The Colossuem, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter's Basilica ... most travelers know the fundaments of this former center of the Roman Empire. Yet, Rome has a lot more to offer.
CNNGo TV takes in award-winning modern museums, traditional Italian food and that with a modern twist and of course amazing sites of historical significance.
Here are just a few of the outstanding places a team of exuberant locals took us to.
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This eye-catching building designed by famed Architect Zaha Hadid is home to Italy's first national gallery dedicated to modern art.
The wavy walled museum took a decade to complete and is the home for MAXXI art and MAXXI architecture museums.
via Guido Reni, 4 A00196 Roma, www.fondazionemaxxi.it
Monte Testaccio (Monte dei Cocci)
Once an ancient pottery dump, this artificial mound is composed almost entirely of testae, or shattered fragments of amphorae -- vase-shaped containers used to transport goods back in the time of the Roman Empire.
The vantage point offers a stunning view over Rome, not far from the east bank of the Tiber River.
Find out the location of Monte Testaccio here on a Google map.
Renowned chef Lucio Sforza's modern restaurant serves a creative mix of classic Italian fare and wins glowing reviews.
Via del Boschetto 73, 00184 Roma, Italy, +39 06 4891 3832, Opens Tuesdays and Saturdays: 12:30 - 11 p.m., Facebook page
The theater and former opera house that dates back to 1726 is one of the oldest theaters in Rome. The original wooden building was reconstructed in stone a century later.
Last year it was temporarily home to protesters who were voicing their displeasure with funding cuts to the Arts -- but a host of cultural events are now back on track in the iconic space.
'Felice' a Testaccio
Founded in 1936, the food at Felice is guided by the Trivelloni family, remaining faithful to classic Roman cuisine.
Even legendary Italian actor Roberto Benigni wrote a poem for this trattoria.
Via Mastro Giorgio, 29, 00153 Roma, +39 06 574 6800, daily lunch and dinner, only accept telephone reservations, www.feliceatestaccio.it